A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. Age, pregnancy, weight loss, and weight gain can all alter the body and make it impossible to improve the stomach through a healthy diet and exercise alone. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also be used to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Patients from Orange County and the Los Angeles area find that their firmer, flatter abdomen boosts their confidence and makes them feel more comfortable in clothing. There are numerous variations to abdominoplasty surgery and triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas Hendricks can discuss all of these options during the initial consultation at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center in Newport Beach, California.
Tummy Tuck Reviews
“I have had different surgeries with Dr. H. over the last 12 years. Each one has been very successful and very artistically performed. He has done a face lift as well as a rhinoplasty. He has done work on my eyes and has done liposuction (regular and smart lipo) and a breast lift and a tummy tuck. He has grafted fat into my hands and into my neck and face. He is not only skilled in the most up to date techniques (many of which are not even practiced yet by other plastic surgeons), he is compassionate, caring and goes the extra mile in pre and post op care. I stayed at a hotel in Newport Beach, and he saw me at the end of the day at the hotel every day for the 4 or 5 days that I stayed each time. He makes himself available to discuss questions and concerns in the evenings and on the weekends, and you never have to go through a "booker" who transmits your message to the doctor and then calls you back with the answer a few days later. You always speak to Dr. H. himself. I have sent several people to him, including family members. They are all VERY happy with the work, as am I. I cannot recommend this surgeon more highly. His skill, artistry, compassion, support and kindness are unsurpassed. He takes the board certification exams every 5 years (when he does not have to do so) and is one of only 100 cosmetic surgeons in the US who does that just to prove that he is up to date on all current procedures. He specializes in many areas. He is not afraid to try to fix / revise the bad work of other surgeons. I could have picked any surgeon in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach or elsewhere, but after much research and interviewing, I selected Dr. Hendricks and have used him over the years for all of these different surgeries. I would not let anyone else touch me or a family member because I could never trust another plastic surgeon as much as I trust Dr. Hendricks. If you don't use him, you are making a mistake. Someone else may be less expensive, but you won't have the quality work and the beautiful outcome that Dr. H. can provide.”– Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 01, 2015
“I had my tummy tuck with Dr. Hendricks about 7 months ago. Dr. Hendricks did an excellent job and it literally gave me a brand new life. Before I met him, I interviewed many doctors. He was the one who cared the most and understood exactly what I expected. The result is nothing short of amazing. I never had any slight infection. I did not take pain killer because I felt no pain from the procedure. I know many women who had tummy tucks cringe when they look at their long scars along their waist. For me, I enjoy looking at my scar because it was precisely cut in an even and straight line. It was as low as it can get so i can actually wear short shorts without anyone knowing I had a tummy tuck. It is a work of art to say the least. All of Dr Hendricks’s patients love him and his office staff, Kimberly and Tina are just the kindest and warmest hearted people you will ever meet. For all my future cosmetic needs, I would go to no other Dr but Dr. Hendricks. I feel blessed to have found him. God bless!”– Anonymous / Office Visit / Sep 22, 2010
“The surgeon was thorough, intelligent and knowledgable.”– Anonymous / Office Visit / Apr 28, 2014
“Dr. Hendricks answered all of my questions and concerns and even provided information which was very helpful. He took the time to explain the procedure on how exactly it would be performed. the staff was great!”– Anonymous / Other / May 24, 2013
“I am so satisfied and happy it has changed how I feel about myself. All of my concerns were answered. I was treated like a queen it was all about me. I was so relaxed and comfortable. I will return. - via RealPatientRatings.com”– Anonymous / Other / Feb 16, 2016
Full Tummy Tuck@headingTag>
A traditional (full) tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who have a moderate amount of excess skin in their midsection. It is commonly performed on women post-pregnancy. During this surgery, the incision extends from hipbone to hipbone, which grants the surgeon access to a greater portion of the internal structures. Liposuction is used to remove fat and the abdominal muscles are pulled and tightly secured. The belly button is usually repositioned for natural placement.
Mini Tummy Tuck @headingTag>
Individuals who are in relatively good shape but desire a flatter tummy may be good candidates for a mini tummy tuck (known as a “Brazilian tummy tuck”). These patients have loose abdominal fascia, but the muscles aren’t stretched to the point where a full tummy tuck is necessary. During surgery, a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen, liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and the remaining skin is pulled tight. The belly button is not affected by this surgery.
Extended Tummy Tuck@headingTag>
The extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who require major skin tightening and body contouring following a major weight loss. The extended tummy tuck requires a longer incision that extends beyond the hips, as well as another one around the navel. Liposuction is used and the excess skin is trimmed away and tightened. The belly button is repositioned during this surgery.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment and will need to rest for the first 48 hours. They should make a concerted effort to move around in order to help promote blood circulation, but should only attempt to initially stand at a 45-degree angle to protect the incision. Pain medication will be provided to help with post-operative pain. Clearance to resume exercise is usually given around 4-6 weeks.
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- 2.5-3.5 Hours
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Tummy Tuck FAQs@headingTag>
Tummy Tuck or Lipo?@headingTag>
Patients who have loose skin in the lower abdomen may be better candidates for a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck. If a patient is battling unwanted belly fat, but otherwise has good skin tone, liposuction (which removes fat only) may be all that is needed.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with another cosmetic procedure, such as breast augmentation, a breast lift or liposuction that targets another area of the body. This is sometimes referred to as a “Mommy Makeover” and is considered a common practice, especially where pregnancy, weight gain and breast-feeding are concerned.
What About Scarring?@headingTag>
Unfortunately, scarring is a part of this procedure. However, every effort is made to minimize scarring, and the incisions are generally placed in locations easily concealed by undergarments. For women who have had a previous C-section, the original C-section scar will be replaced with the tummy tuck incision. Most patients feel the physical results of this surgery far outweigh any scarring left behind.
Pregnancy or Weight Gain?@headingTag>
For optimal results, it is recommended that patients wait to have abdominoplasty until after all pregnancies have been completed. This is to ensure the stretching and weight gain that occurs with pregnancy does not compromise the results of the surgery.